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Adobe CS Tutorial, Adjusting Values With The Keyboard

Adobe CS Tutorial, Adjusting Values With The Keyboard

January 25, 2013

In this week's tutorial I cover how to use the keyboard to adjust values in most fields in Adobe products. This can come in handy when making adjustments to things where you don't know what outcome you want, so you just want previews through the states.

Photoshop Tutorial, Faking Photo Noise When Making Photo Edits

Photoshop Tutorial, Faking Photo Noise When Making Photo Edits

January 18, 2013

In this week's tutorial I cover how to fake photo noise, which tends to appear in photos taken with a digital camera. This handy tip shows you how to add that noise to any edits you make so your edits become seamless.

Photoshop Tutorial, How To Effectively Use The History Brush

Photoshop Tutorial, How To Effectively Use The History Brush

January 11, 2013

In this week's tutorial I cover how to use the history brush in Photoshop. Generally speaking it's not one of the tools you use all the time, but knowing what it does can help you out of a bind sometimes. I cover how to make use of the history brush, and describe some techniques which may come in handy to use in your projects.

Photoshop Tutorial, Some Tips For Better Content Aware Usage

Photoshop Tutorial, Some Tips For Better Content Aware Usage

January 04, 2013

In this week's tutorial, I cover some things about the 'content aware' feature in newer (CS5+ I think) versions of Photoshop. I find these tips to be useful to avoid the "grrr, it's not doing what I want" problems that a lot of Photoshop features can have if you don't understand why they're doing what they are.

Illustrator Tutorial, Using Select Same Fill Color To Help Pathfinder Options

Illustrator Tutorial, Using Select Same Fill Color To Help Pathfinder Options

December 28, 2012

In this week's tutorial I cover how the use of the select menu to grab similar colors can help you out in your pathfinder operations. Mainly this tip helps you avoid getting lost in a sea of paths where you don't know what is what. With a little color preparation before using the pathfinder, everything becomes easy to follow.

Photoshop Tutorial, Stroking a Path with a Brush For More Fine-Tuned Control

Photoshop Tutorial, Stroking a Path with a Brush For More Fine-Tuned Control

December 21, 2012

In this week's tutorial, I cover a newer feature in Photoshop which allows you to stroke a path with a brush. This allows you to use the precise control of the pen tool to define where you first want your brush before using it. This is very helpful when trying to do a fine motion without a tablet, and I've found invaluable for doing things like feathering selections around individual hairs in a photo, or sticks or branches in trees.

Print Process Tutorial, The Difference Between Spot and Process Colors

Print Process Tutorial, The Difference Between Spot and Process Colors

December 14, 2012

In this week's tutorial I cover something all designers should know before embarking down the path to print work -- the difference between spot and process colors. This is mainly for color management in Illustrator, but it applies to programs with vector color management like InDesign as well. Here's your chance to learn all about it without a 3 hour college course lecture, or a stern condescending set of remarks from your print house when you send the files over wrong.

Photoshop Tutorial, Using Selection Options to Manage Your Layers In A Complex File

Photoshop Tutorial, Using Selection Options to Manage Your Layers In A Complex File

December 07, 2012

In this week's tutorial, I cover an option most people don't use very often: The 'Select Similar Layers' option from the Select menu. This will help you grab similar objects in Photoshop for quickly. When designing a website, this can help speed the process along by giving you more control over your layers. Works great for nudging a bunch of thumbnails, or text objects.

General Design Tip, Scanning Things At An Angle to Avoid Dot Patterns

General Design Tip, Scanning Things At An Angle to Avoid Dot Patterns

November 30, 2012

In this week's tutorial, I go over a more analog-tip for when working in design. This applies to when you scan something from a printed magazine, and you start to pick up the dot pattern of the ink. It feels like not many people even scan things anymore, but this little hint is something important to know for any time you do.

Illustrator Tutorial, Tip On Scaling Strokes and Effects Without Changing Your Designs

Illustrator Tutorial, Tip On Scaling Strokes and Effects Without Changing Your Designs

November 23, 2012

In this week's tutorial, I go over how to scale strokes and effects without losing the original look of the design. Knowing where to quickly set this setting allows you to manipulate your artwork, or prep it to give to someone else while having the confidence it's going to remain intact.